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Boden to face mighty Vinnies

FOUR knock-out ties that would do justice to Madison Square Garden.

That was the general reaction to last night's draw for the Evening Herald Dublin Senior Football Championship quarter-finals in Parnell Park.

All eight are heavyweight contenders, and only two of the clubs, St Oliver Plunkett/ER and Lucan Sarsfields, have yet to lift the golden chalice. The holders, Ballyboden St Enda's, were the first name out of the hat. Their match against St Vincent's should be a Donnycarney Dazzler.

Vincent's, the All-Ireland champs of 2008, have been in impressive form of late, defeating St Jude's and St Mary's in fine style.

UCD against St Brigid's will also get top billing. The students proved too formidable for St Peregrine's. College, last champions in 2006, had some highly-regarded personnel on duty like Peter Kelly, Michael Fitzsimons, John Heslin, John O'Loughlin and Donie Kingston.

Brigid's have marched through Division 2 like the Artane Band. They last tasted Championship gold back in 2003 under Paddy Clarke and Gerry McEntee.

Kilmacud, the All-Ireland winners of 2009, had to go to the well to defeat St Sylvester's on Saturday, while their opponents in the last eight, Na Fianna, also had to put in the work against plucky O'Toole's.

Na Fianna were the last club to complete the three-in-a-row in 2001, their last Championship triumph.

Plunkett's came within a whisker of overcoming Crokes two seasons ago in a final which went to a replay. With the two Micks in the Control Towers, Galvin and Bohan, Plunkett's and Lucan are sure to put on a show.

The ties will be played over the weekend of Friday, Saturday and Sunday of September 24 to 26. There will be no extra-time in the quarter-finals, semi-finals or final.

It will be another busy weekend for Dublin's Michael Fitzsimons who lined out for both Cuala and UCD who played directly after each other in O'Toole Park last Sunday. But at least this time he'll get a night's sleep before he has to lace up the boots for the second time.



HUMDINGER

Cuala have been paired with Ballyboughal in what should be a humdinger of a quarter-final in the Intermediate Football Championship.

Tommy Naughton's Scoil Uí Chonaill, who shocked Skerries Harps after extra-time, have a date against Naomh Barróg, while Clanna Gael Fontenoy will meet Ballymun Kickhams.

It will be St Brigid's on the double on Friday week as their inters have been drawn against St Patrick's of Donabate, a game that will take place before the Brigid's SFC clash in Parnell Park.

EVENING HERALD DUBLIN SFC QUARTER-FINALS

Friday, September 24 -- Parnell Park (8.15): UCD v St Brigid's.

Saturday, September 25 -- Parnell Park (6.0): Ballyboden St Enda's v St Vincent's.

Saturday, September 25 -- O'Toole Park (5.30): St Oliver Plunkett/Eoghan Ruadh v Lucan Sarsfields.

Sunday, September 26 - Parnell Park (12.0): Na Fianna v Kilmacud Crokes.

DUBLIN IFC QUARTER-FINALS

Friday, September 24 -- Parnell Park (6.40): St Brigid's v St Patrick's (Donabate).

Saturday, September 25 -- Parnell Park (4.30): Scoil Uí Chonaill v Naomh Barróg.

Saturday, September 25 -- O'Toole Park (4.0): Cuala v Ballyboughal.

Sunday, September 26 -- Parnell Park (10.30): Clanna Gael Fontenoy v Ballymun Kickhams.


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